Meta will delay the launch of its AI chatbot in Europe after regulators called for the company to stop training its large language models (LLMs) with posts from users in the continent. 

The Irish Data Protection Commission delayed Meta’s plans to train its Llama LLM with public posts on Friday (14 June).

In a blog post, Meta said the decision was a “step backwards for European innovation, competition in AI development and further delays bringing the benefits of AI to people in Europe”.

“Put simply, without including local information we’d only be able to offer people a second-rate experience. This means we aren’t able to launch Meta AI in Europe at the moment,” the blog post read. 

Meta said it remains highly confident that “our approach complies with European laws and regulations.”

“AI training is not unique to our services, and we’re more transparent than many of our industry counterparts,” the company said.

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Meta, alongside other industry heavyweights, has been spending millions on bolstering its AI technology.

The company is currently offering its Meta AI assistant to users in the US, powered by its most advanced LLM yet, Llama 3.

GlobalData forecasts that the overall AI market will be worth $909bn by 2030, having grown at a compound annual rate of 35% between 2022 and 2030.

In the GenAI space, revenues are expected to grow from $1.8bn in 2022, to $33bn in 2027, a CAGR of 80%. GenAI is expected to impact every industry and become a catalyst for broader AI capabilities such as machine learning and computer vision.